Original Imperial Japanese WWII Hand Cranked Air Raid Siren by Yahagi
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a rare functional Japanese WWII hand-cranked air raid siren, which would usually be attached to some sort of stand. There are two bolts on the rear for attaching to a mount, but no mount is included. It is definitely larger than the hand held type, and has a large nozzle on the front to help with sound projection. It looks to be made mostly of what appears to be aluminum, or some other non ferrous alloy. There is a slightly oxidized patina on the outside, giving it a great look.
There is a data plate above the steel crank handle, which we have been able to read most of the top line of:
This reads "Yahagi Type SAIREN", which partly uses the Japanese Katakana phonetic alphabet. "Sairen" of course means that it is a Siren, and it works exactly as it should. The second line of the data plate indicates that it was produced by the Yahagi company itself, as many were made by contractors as well. The crank is fully operational, spinning the internal rotor, and there is a lever to adjust the damper, though it had lost the spring to return it to "closed", so it must be moved manually.
The siren is approximately 6 inches wide and 8 inches long, not counting the crank handle, which is around 5 1/2 inches long and sticks out 4 1/2 inches from the rear of the siren. It looks to be marked with serial number 195 on the rear housing and side.
Offered in complete and very good condition. These were used during the Air Raids over Tokyo and other major Japanese cities towards the end of World War Two.
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